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Song of Solomon 5 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 I have come to my garden, my sister bride, I have gathered my myrrh with my spice, I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey, I have drunk my wine with my milk! Eat, O friends! {Drink and become drunk [with] love}!a

Maiden’s Dream: Seeking and Not Finding

2 I [was] asleep butb my heart was awake. A sound! My beloved knocking!c "Open to me, my sister, my beloved, my dove, my perfect one! For my head is full of dew, {my hair drenched from the moist night air}."d 3 I have taken off my tunic, {must I put it on}?e I have bathed my feet, {must I soil them}?f 4 My beloved thrust his hand into the opening, and my inmost yearned for him. 5 I myself arose to open to my beloved; my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh upon the handles of the bolt. 6 I opened myself to my beloved, but my beloved had turned and gone;g my heart sankh when he turned away.i I sought him, but I did not find him; I called him, but he did not answer me. 7 The sentinels making rounds in the city found me; they beat me, they wounded me; they took my cloakj away from me-- {those sentinels on the walls}!k

Adjuration Refrain

8 I adjure you, {O maidens of Jerusalem},l if you find my beloved, what will you tell him? [Tell him] that I am {lovesick}!m

Maiden’s Praise of Her Beloved

9 {How is your beloved better than another lover},n O most beautiful among women? {How is your beloved better than another lover}, o that you adjure us thus? 10 My beloved [is] radiant and {ruddy},p distinguished {among}q ten thousand. 11 His head [is] gold, refined gold; his locks [are] wavy, black as a raven. 12 His eyes [are] like doves beside springsr of water, bathed in milk, {set like mounted jewels}.st 13 His cheeks [are] like beds of spice, a tower of fragrances; his lips [are] lilies dripping liquid myrrh. 14 His arms [are] {rods}uv of gold {engraved with}w jewels; his bellyx [is] polished ivory covered with sapphires.y 15 His legs [are] columns of alabaster,z set on bases of gold; his appearance [is] like Lebanon, choice as {its cedars}.aa 16 {His mouth}bb [is] sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This [is] my beloved; this [is] my friend, {O young women of Jerusalem}.cc
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